by Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM

Brightly colored triangles rotate around the lettering "Web residencies"

In 2017, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe has announced three calls for web residencies with different topics that were designed by invited curators.

The »Web Residencies« program was initiated by Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2016 to support young talents from the international digital scene as well as artists of all disciplines who deal with web-based practices to present the process and results of their work online on the platform www.schloss-post.com. For each call three to four people or teams are selected by the curators for a four-week »Web Residency,« which is rewarded with 500 USD.

With this new cooperation, Akademie Schloss Solitude as an artist residency – and »networkmachine « – and the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe as a museum and place of artistic research and development merged their expertise and practice to work jointly on the development of the program »Web Residencies«.

Both houses consider online artist residencies as a contemporary format for the support of artists in a globalized art scene shaped by digitalization. The digital space will be utilized to attempt new ways within the artistic practice and communication of art beyond geographical and institutional borders. The program is thereby consciously open designed to be shaped also by the ideas, concepts, and methods of a scene that operates beyond the mainstream art establishment.

The focus of the »Web Residencies« does not lie in the ready art piece but artists are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms at the surface of digital art and communication within a defined topical frame. Thus they’re in direct exchange with the professional network of both institutions as well as a general digital public which in turn gets immediate access to the artists’ works. This format makes possible a decentralized and international discussion on topics set by the invited curators in the fields of digital arts, net culture as well as digital technology and society.

»Web Residencies« are carried out exclusively online, the works will be presented on www.schloss-post.com and web-residencies.zkm.de. There is no age limit for applicants, also students are eligible to apply. The Digital Solitude program with fellowships and the online platform Schlosspost are supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg for Science, Research and the Arts.

What is the role of art in the framework of whistleblowing and leaking? This call wants to focus on the act of producing evidence via artistic practices. If we expand the concept of art to whistleblowing, leaking and the act of producing awareness of power mechanisms, which kind of tactics and strategies for resistance can we imagine within the technological paradigm and beyond it? 

We are looking for works that challenge the multiplicity and tensions of patterns and chaos – in any new art media discipline such as visual, music, sculpture, games or writing. We are looking for artists who face the nonlinear and the unpredictable, who design algorithms to draft the flap of a butterfly’s wings, watching out for the change of the course and the rhythm of the world to come.

How should we think of machine intelligence in the context of art – as our nonhuman collaborators with their own drive and ambitions, or as a tool that extends the flex of our artistic capabilities?

No matter where we sit, there remains a more urgent need. 

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Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM | Center for Art and Media
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Assistant: Jenny Starick
Website: Simon Knebl

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